Intro to harpsichord: The Art of Touch

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Instructor: Hank Knox
Location: Tanna Schulich Hall
Time: 15:00-17:00


Week 2:

This class provides an introduction for keyboard players to the essentials of touch on the harpsichord. Participants will explore the technical aspects of good touch on the harpsichord such as hand positions, fingering, finger pedaling and ornaments. There will be several harpsichords available for practice.


François Couperin
Préludes, L'Art de toucher le clavecin: numbers 1 and 5 and at least one other of the participant's choice
Les baricades mistérieuses, from the Second livre des pièces de clavecin, 6e ordre, plus any other movement from the same ordre

Jean-Philippe Rameau
Unmeasured prélude from the suite in A minor, Premier livre des pièces de clavecin, 1706
Les soupirs and/or Les tendres plaintes from the Pièces de clavecin, 1724. 

J-S Bach 
At least one of:
    Prelude 1, C major (Well-Tempered Clavier book 1)
    Prelude 15, G major (Well-Tempered Clavier book 1)
    Prelude 9, E major (Well-Tempered Clavier book 2)
    Prelude 12, F minor (Well-Tempered Clavier book 2)

Louis Couperin
At least one of the following: any Allemande; an unmeasured prelude in C major or F major; any Chaconne

NB: Other repertoire may be submitted by active participants, with permission prior to the beginning of the Academy.